- to draw or gather into wrinkles or irregular folds, as material or a part of the face; constrict: Worry puckered his brow.
- a wrinkle; an irregular fold.
- a puckered part, as of cloth tightly or crookedly sewn.
- Archaic. a state of agitation or perturbation.
Origin of pucker
Related Words for puckercrinkle, ruck, crease, fold, plait, crumple, furrow, ruckle, tighten, squeeze, ruffle, purse, gather, compress, condense, contract, cockle, knit
Examples from the Web for pucker
Contemporary Examples of pucker
She is the author of two young adult novels, The Map That Breathed and Pucker.Sleepwalking Through Marriage
August 3, 2009
Historical Examples of pucker
He was gazin' at me with his mouth open and a pucker between his eyes.Shorty McCabe
He drew his brow into a pucker which furrowed the flesh between his brows.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
What are you thinking of, Judy, and why do you pucker up your forehead?A Young Mutineer
Mrs. L. T. Meade
“Padre, my shoe pinches,” said Nora with a pucker between her eyes.The Place of Honeymoons
Mr. Ashe laughed as he smoothed out a pucker in his niece's brow.Blue Bonnet in Boston
Caroline E. Jacobs
- to gather or contract (a soft surface such as the skin of the face) into wrinkles or folds, or (of such a surface) to be so gathered or contracted
- a wrinkle, crease, or irregular fold
Word Origin for pucker
1590s, "prob. earlier in colloquial use" [OED], possibly a frequentative form of pock, dialectal variant of poke "bag, sack" (see poke (n.1)), which would give it the same notion as in purse (v.). "Verbs of this type often shorten or obscure the original vowel; compare clutter, flutter, putter, etc." [Barnhart]. Related: Puckered; puckering.
1726, literal; 1741, figurative; from pucker (v.).